I was on a walk around 7 PM, and then I spotted it, a Trachymyrmex septrionalis queen! She was slender and fast, only stopping to investigate a few workers of another species. Quickly, I grabbed my test tube and scooped her up. She was very inactive from this point on. Knowing they were flying that day, I quickly moved leaf litter, dead grass, and inspected other plants to find more. After about 25 minutes of looking like a complete idiot moving leaves around, I found yet another. This one had much more darker coloration, and that is why until a name is given, I will be calling them “Dark face” and “Grey face”.
July 24th, 2022
I was just sitting around, watching Solenopsis invicta alates swarm, so I got up an went to investigate a small dirt pile that I spotted. A few workers came and went… but wait… they were Trachymyrmex! Quickly, I got a small shovel preparing to tunnel several feet deep in the ground. That was a mistake, the small shovel. I wanted to find a small fungus chmaber, not the main fungus chmaber, so I avoided the main tunnel as I didn’t need a queen, but fungus. After 2.5 hours in the summer heat and three feet deep in the ground, I gave one last scrape of the shovel, against a dirt wall, but something happend. A small opening of about 10mm opened up. It was a fungus chmaber! I couldn’t believe I almost missed it, so quickly I took what I need, fungus and 20 workers. I also happend to get a male in the process. I also couldn’t help but take a shovel of this sand. Dang, it felt good to stick my hands in it . This really wasn’t alot of fungus. It was only enough to fill up a 8mm tube. Taking the tube, I went to work straight away on finding my old Trachymyrmex queens in a small plaster bowl. After a few weeks, they had no fungus(I did feed them oats, apples, and leaves). I introduced some substrate, workers, and fungus. The queens showed little aggression to the workers, who just went about their business. I fed them some oats, which the next day, they accepted. They were housed in a deli cup with an acrylic lid, a hole for a nestmate, inside a Rubbermade box
July 25th, 2022
“Grey face” laid an egg. A worker immediately carted it away to safety. I hope to see some workers in the future!
Sorry for the story telling, I couldn’t help myself.
(Also sorry for bad pictures, I can use a macro Lense from this far up.(Tall deli cup)
Can you spot both queens? If you can, you have sharp eye!
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